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I replaced the fan radiator. Thermostat. Temperature sensor

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I replaced the fan radiator. Thermostat. Temperature sensor and hoses. Still overheats and fans do not come on. Could it be the Pwm?
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Customer: 2002 pt cruiser. Overheating. Replaced radiator, fan, thermostat, temperature sensor, a,Ned hoses. Fan still does not work and it overheats. Could it be the PCM. No water in the oil.
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Customer: Yes
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Customer: I have replaced fan, radiator, hoses, thermostat, and temperature sensor
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Customer: 2002 pt cruiser with 90,000 miles
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** it overheat while driving down the highway? Thanks.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
while idling
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

If it overheats while going down the highway that proves fan isn't the problem because air from going highway speeds blows harder then the radiator fans. These engines are known for head gasket problems and considering you have replaced everything else it seems like that is the cause. Next step is to do a cooling system pressure test and block test which checks for exhaust gas in coolant. If it fails either test then the head gasket will need to be replaced. Let me know if you have more questions or if there is anything else I can do to help. Thanks.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No water in the oil. Could it be the PCM?
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

There usually isn't water in the oil so that isn't a accurate way to test for head gasket damage. The PCM could cause the cooling fans to not come on but even with cooling fans completely disconnected it should not overheat going down the highway so I'm pretty sure you have a head gasket problem. Let me know if you have questions, thanks.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That does not tell me why fan is not working
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

Ground the dark blue/pink wire at pin 69 of connector 2 at PCM, this should turn fan on at high speed. Then ground the yellow/red wire at pin 55, this should turn it on at low speed. If both fan speeds are working when grounding wire then replace PCM.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Tested cooling system, no leak. It holds pressure. Did the exhaust gas test, none. I did the head gasket check and no problems. Thinking water pump?
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

It doesn't really fit the symptoms but is the only thing left. I'd also make sure all air pockets were bleed out.

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